When most of Salt Lake City is eating or relaxing after a long day at the office, Steve Williams is serving up jazz music on KUER 90.1 from 8 p.m. to midnight every weeknight. If he’s in the mood for food after he signs off, Williams will usually hit up the drive-thru Del Taco on 400 South or the Village Inn. “One of the chefs has been there for many years and knows how I like everything,” he says. But, though Williams “used to go out all the time after work,” he says, “unless I find friends who want to join me, I kinda find myself alone in those hours.”
So, besides all-night breakfast joints, where is the late-night crowd these days? Though the city’s dining options do dwindle after 9 p.m., there are still places where late-night workers and worshippers of the night can dine on quality cuisine until midnight or later. We’ve compiled a list of nine, as well as a few of the bars that up the ante on standard bar snacks and keep their kitchens open late.
Food served till midnight Monday-Saturday; till 10 p.m. Sunday
Eva is the spot for a huge variety of delectable small plates and gourmet pizzas. And during Happy Hour (Monday through Thursday after 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday after 11 p.m.), you’ll find lower prices on treats like sauteed Brussels sprouts, stone-fired pizza and baked Greek mac & cheese. 317 S. Main, Salt Lake City, 801-359-8447, EvaSLC.com, all ages
Food served till 12:30 a.m. all week
This jazz and blues hang-out and “Beervana” features Cajun and Creole soul food. All menu items, except the roast pork tenderloin and Cajun game hens, are served after 11:30 p.m. Dig into pizza, gumbo, chicken-fried chicken and Hoppin’ John. 645 S. State, Salt Lake City, 801-961-8400, UtahBayou.com, 21+
Maxwell’s East Coast Eatery
Food served till 1 a.m. all week
After 8 p.m., Maxwell’s serves a smaller version of its regular menu, but you can still get tasty New York-style thin-crust pizza (either a whole pie or by the slice), Philly cheesesteaks, wings and salads. 9 Exchange Place, Salt Lake City, 801-328-0304, MaxwellsECE.com, minors must be accompanied by adult, 21+ after 9:30 p.m.
The Pie Hole
Food served till 2 a.m. Sunday-Thursday; till 3 a.m. Friday-Saturday
For pizza by the slice that’s ready whenever hunger strikes, The Pie Hole is your friend. Choose from pepperoni, roasted red pepper & basil, classic cheese and one of the daily slice specials, or build your own pie. 344 S. State, Salt Lake City, 801-359-4653, PieHoleUtah.com, all ages
The Pie Underground
Food served till 1 a.m. Monday-Thursday; till 3 a.m. Friday-Saturday; till 11 p.m. Sunday
At the funky U of U location of this pizza mainstay, you can dig into pies like the Buffalo chicken ranch and the Greek, or try the famous cheesy pull-aparts. 1320 E. 200 South, Salt Lake City, 801-582-5700, ThePie.com, all ages
Mo’s Neighborhood Grill
Food served till 1 a.m. Sunday-Thursday; till 2 a.m. Friday-Saturday
Mo’s serves American comfort-food favorites like sandwiches, juicy burgers and pizza. Breakfast foods are also served daily till midnight. 358 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City, 801-359-0586, MosBarAndGrill.com, all ages
Hector’s Mexican Food
Food served till 3 a.m. Monday-Saturday, closed Sunday
Sometimes, late-night hunger can only be cured with a giant burrito, and Hector’s has you covered, with portions large enough to have leftovers the next day. The tasty carne asada burrito will make your tummy happy. 2901 E. 3300 South, Salt Lake City, 801-487-3850, all ages
Off TRAX Café
Food served 1-2:30 a.m. Fridays-Saturdays
After dancing the night away at Club Try-Angles, step next door to Off TRAX Café for sandwiches, burgers, appetizers, fish & chips and more. 259 W. 900 South, Salt Lake City, 801-364-4307, OffTraxSLC.com, all ages
Food served till 10 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday; till 11 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; till 3 a.m. Friday-Saturday
At Sicilia Pizza, you’ll find gourmet flavors such as New York white garlic, Margherita, chicken amori and many more. There are also hot subs, calzones, pasta and a full bar. 35 W. Broadway, Salt Lake City, 801-961-7077, SiciliaPizzaKitchen.com, all ages
Food-centric Bars & Pubs
19 E. 200 South, Salt Lake City (Walker Center Basement), 801-746-1005, BourbonHouseSLC.com, 21+ Full menu available till midnight every night
533 S. 500 West, Salt Lake City, 801-532-1610, DevilsDaughterSLC.com, 21+ Kitchen open till 12-12:30 a.m. every day except Sunday, when it closes around 11:30 p.m.
Poplar Street Pub
242 S. 200 West, Salt Lake City, 801-532-2715, PoplarStreetPub.com, 21+ Full menu till 1 a.m. every night
147 W. Broadway, Salt Lake City, 801-363-2739, Squatters.com, 21+ unless accompanied by an adult Kitchen open weeknights until midnight, Friday and Saturday till 1 a.m.